Amateur Radio Association holds local licensing course – news – uticaod

MOHAWK – Chris Bouck, chairman of the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association’s education committee, has announced that the association will be teaching a technician class license course starting from September 18 to December 11.

Classes are to be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Tuesday for 13 weeks in the building in the town of German Flatts on National Highway 5S next to Fort Herkimer Church between Herkimer and Little Falls. Classes will not meet if a Tuesday is a public holiday or if the weather is bad.

The cost is $ 40, which includes the purchase of the book. Instructors can order the book from the American Radio Relay League at cost, which is generally less than the commercial price. The class is open to all ages.

Topics will include welcome to amateur radio, radio and electronics basics, operating station equipment, communicating with other radio amateurs, Federal Communication Commission rules and regulations, the operation of an amateur radio station, the propagation of radio waves, antennas and transmission lines, repeaters and radio security. Many demonstrations will be included to give students a hands-on experience.

Each student will be given an “Elmer” list at the end of the course. An Elmer is an experienced ham who volunteered to help new hams so that they can put their station into service after getting their license.

All students who complete the course and receive their license will receive a free one-year membership in the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association. Membership allows paid association operators to access the association’s automatic repeater patch and general voting privileges.

The technician class license allows privileges for voice communications almost immediately.

Higher class licenses come with more frequencies and more modes of operation, such as voice, radio teletype, extended high frequency privileges, digital modes, and packet radio.

The tests are being carried out at various locations in the region, including the 911 center in Herkimer. Students can take the exam at any time if they feel ready to try their license.

A special test session will be scheduled after the course is completed. Test results are processed electronically, so the successful candidate can get their FCC call sign and be on the air within a short period of time.

For more information or to register, contact Bouck at cbouck01 @ twcny. or Don Peterson at

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